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  • A legislation passed in many countries that guarantees the press the right to publish information and opinions freely. This guarantee is restricted by whatever legislation exists to protect publication of information classified in the interests of national security (e.g., the Official Secrets Act of the United Kingdom). The right of free speech published in any medium is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and freedom of the press is commonly held to be essential to any healthy democracy. Nongovernmental organizations such as Reporters Without Borders (RSF—Reporters Sans Frontiéres) work worldwide to protect the rights and interests of journalists in the course of news coverage. RSF publishes annually an index of countries ranked in order of press freedom. Out of a range ...

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